Franklin assumes No.1 spot in girls' Top 20

For the first time in more than a calendar year, there's a new team atop our MIAA girls' soccer Top 20 poll this week.

Franklin takes over the top spot in the poll after extending its perfect start to the season to 15 games. Peabody drops a single spot in the rankings after a surprise loss to Acton-Boxborough.

It was only the second time in three regular seasons that the Tanners have been beaten.

East Longmeadow drops a spot to make way for Franklin moving up the poll, but expect all three teams at the top to challenge for their respective sectional titles.

Needham falls from No. 7 to No. 12 after being beaten 4-0 by Newton North. The BSC Carey division champions will take on Herget champion Dedham on Thursday night in the Needham 300 Cup. Newton North's win over the Rockets sees them jump into the polls this week, replacing Auburn which has lost its last two games.

Concord-Carlisle, Dedham, and Scituate are some of the big movers this week. A few teams, such as Bishop Feehan and Danvers, are right on the edge of being ranked and will be a threat come playoff time.